(LaSALLE, ON) – The stands were packed at the Vollmer Centre, in LaSalle, as the GOJHL’s Vipers played host to the Lambton Shores Predators, last night. With just 27 days left until the playoffs, there was little on the line for either team, other than the Vipers positioning themselves for home ice advantage. After trading leads through the first two periods, the Vipers skated away with a 6-3 win.
The Predators opened the scoring quickly in the first, but LaSalle’s Korey Morgan netted a short-handed goal to bring the Vipers level. However, the visitors again jumped into the lead before the end of the period.
Head coach Bill Bowler lit a fire under his charges and they responded in the second with three straight goals from Manny Silverio, Brendan Harrogate, and Mark Manchurek. Lambton Shores would net one more before the second frame was out. But that would be it for the Predators for the night.
In the third, Morgan notched his second of the evening, and 28th on the season, before Daniel Beaudoin put the game out of reach, with his 16th goal of the year, after Lambton pulled their goaltender.
The Vipers’ Eli Billing stopped 28 shots to earn his 12th win, against 8 losses.
At game’s end it was learned that defenseman Nick Gauvin got the nod from the Spitfires and will lace up the skates in the OHL. His debut is expected to be Thursday night at home when Windsor hosts the London Knights.
The Vipers will now travel to Sarnia to face the Legionnaires tonight at Sarnia Arena. The puck drops at 7:10 pm.